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Robert  Beck, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova , PA, US

Robert Beck, PhD Robert  Beck, PhD

Professor of Computing Sciences | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Villanova University


Robert Beck, PhD, is an expert in social networking, technological literacy, and gender roles in science and technology.



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Areas of Expertise (7)

Computer Science

Technology Literacy and Trends

Social Networking

Computing Education

Gender Roles in Science and Technology

Persuasive Human-Computer Interaction

Computing and the Social Good


Advances in information technology are occurring at breakneck speed and affect every aspect of society. Dr. Beck is the source to talk to about living in a knowledge society, the latest trends in technology, social networking and persuasive human-computer interaction. He can also address how the next generation of computing science professionals is being educated and how Villanova is leading the way in promoting a greater presence for women in computing.

Education (2)

University of Pennsylvania: Ph.D.

Harvey Mudd College: B.S.

Select Accomplishments (4)

Visiting Researcher (professional)

Otago Polytechnic University, New Zealand

Visiting Researcher (professional)

Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, DeMontfort University, England

Visiting Professor (professional)

Drexel University

Fulbright Exchange Lecturer (professional)

Coventry University, England

Affiliations (2)

  • Academic Alliance of the National Center for Women and Information Technology, Co-Chair
  • ACM Special Interest Group on Computers and Society (SIGCAS)

Select Media Appearances (2)

Brother Gets Joy From Sister's Online Memorial, and Misery

US News & World Report  online


Robert Beck, a computer science professor at Villanova University, said discussions of social media companies' larger ethical responsibility to society remain in their infancy. "I guess it is nice that Facebook is following its core principle, but maybe it needs to rethink its core principle," Beck said. "But how do you get them to change a core principle? How do you get any business, not even Facebook, to change a core principle?"

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Villanova's Vatican interns get view of history

San Diego Union-Tribune  online


Talk about a baptism by fire: On the first day of Lauren Colegrove's journalism internship at Catholic News Service in Rome, the pope announced his resignation. The Villanova University junior thought she'd spend her first day filling out paperwork and undergoing orientation. Instead, she ran over to the Vatican Press Office to attend a news conference and later conducted interviews in St. Peter's Square. "Not every tourist can walk up and say, `I'd like to go behind the wall of the Vatican and check out what's happening,'" said Villanova computer science professor Robert Beck, who helps select the students who go abroad. "The interns are given the ability to do that."

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Research Grants (5)

TUES Grant

National Science Foundation 



National Science Foundation 

2009, 2013


National Science Foundation 


U.S. Air Force Contract: Applied Research in Computing Enterprise Services

United States Air Force 



National Science Foundation 


Select Academic Articles (5)

Agile Governance Methodologies for Military's SOA-based Systems of Systems

Proc. 2nd Annual IEEE Systems Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 7-10, 2008

Beck, Robert E., Sloan, E., Metzger, S.,


A Hybrid Approach to Modeling SOA Systems of Systems Using CPN and MESA/Extend

IEEE Xplore Digital Library

Elliot Sloane, Thomas Way, Vijay Gehlot, Robert Beck, James Solderitch, Elzbieta Dziembowski

June 2007

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Model Driven Development of a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Using Colored Petri Nets

Proc. QiM/MoDELS '06

•Beck, Robert E., Gehlot, V., Way, T., DePasquale


Elementary Linear Programming with Applications

Academic Press

•Beck, Robert E., Kolman, B.

1995 Second edition. New York.

Computing and the Understanding of Text

Sixth World Conference on Computers in Education, Birmingham

•Beck, Robert E., Cassel, Lillian and Hardt, Daniel

July 1995